Michael Castle Trail is a 26.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chesapeake City, DE and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, fishing, horses, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
I would rate it a 5 star if / when it is completed. There are stretches of gravel along the way which is not too bad (although descriptions say it's all paved--not true) but there is a patch where the canal overflows onto the trail. This morning I splashed my way through but on the way back, walked my bike through 6 inches of water. Are there plans to pave the whole thing? There is a lot of construction equipment along the way.
The Michael Castle trail is a mostly paved multi-use trail running along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal between the Maryland state line and Fort Delaware State Park in Delaware City, DE. It features excellent views of the canal and marshlands and woods along the canal and the historic areas along Canal Street in Delaware City, ending with views of the Delaware River from the state park. As of September 2016 there is still one short section, about 3/4 mile, near the US 301 bridge, that is not yet paved. Here the surface is packed gravel and it appears that the section is being prepared for paving.
There are several trailhead parking areas currently open and one that is completed near Lum's Pond that is constructed but wasn't open as of September 11, 2016. The others are street parking in Delaware City, off Main Street in Georgetown, and Biddle Point. All are paved parking with information kiosk and restrooms.